In the times of Medieval Europe and Feudal Japan, sword fighting was the primary means of combat. The European Medieval Knights fought with single or double handed broadswords and the Japanese Samurai primarily fought with katana and wakizashis. Our Stage Steel weapons are specifically designed to hone your skills in the medieval art of sword fighting. Choose between our blunt edge European and Oriental Stage Steel swords, or wooden ones to practice the fine art of sword fighting.
Stage Steel Combat Weapons are Perfect for Sword Fighting Practice
The iron swords were in wide usage by the time of Classical Antiquity. The first examples of swords were the Roman Gladius and the Greek Xiphos. Each of those weapons measured around 60-70 cm. In later years, the Romans introduced much longer ones called Spatha. This type of weapon was considered longsword compared with other weapons in that time period. The Roman Spatha remained popular into the Middle Ages. The Vikings "borrowed" their sword design from the Roman Spatha. As the manufacturing techniques progressed, the swords became much stronger and durable. Techniques such as steel quenching and tempering were very common around 10th Century. In 11th Century Normans started developing quillions and crossguards. During the 12th and 13th Centuries, the sword had a classic "cross" design with only pommel changing its shape. In later years the basic sword design has changed to accommodate changes in plate armor designs. Swords became longer with longer grips to allow a sword wielding knight to penetrate gaps in the armor worn by the enemy. The handle of the weapon was often wrapped in rough animal hide or wire to provide a better grip. The culmination of the long design started in 16th Century with the two-hander swords. Later period sword designs reverted back to light and single-handed forms due to again changes in armor.
A sword is a blade weapon that has been used in many different cultures in various places in the world. It usually consists of a long blade, guard, handle and pommel. This weapon is used as a cutting/slashing and a piercing/thrusting weapon. The sword design and combat techniques were evolving over time and they varied tremendously over time and also varied among cultures. The sword evolved from simple dagger when new techniques were found to obtain stronger metal alloys and thus design and construct stronger blades. During the Bronze Age, swords longer than 90cm were very rare as the alloys were too soft and such weapons, made from soft metal, would bend easily. Long swords became practical and useful and went in wider use with the introduction of tough iron alloys such as steel.
In 13th Century BC, swords made from iron became more and more common. Iron ore was easy to obtain and allowed steel to be manufactured in larger quantities. The first swords made from iron were much harder and tougher than those bronze ones but still not yet comparable to later steel ones, as the early manufacturing techniques were not perfected. The early swords were not heat-treated but rather hardened by repetitive hammering which allowed to obtain more densly packed steel molecules and thus tougher material.
Our medieval website contains a vast dagger, armor and melee weapons collection. The collection also contains medieval giftware and decorative items covering various time periods including Ancient Times, Medieval Times and Renaissance. In addition to common European weapons we also offer Oriental, Chinese and Japanese katanas, wakizashis and weapons such as bokkens and rubber ninja throwing stars. The weapons collection is truly impressive as it includes war hammers, ancient and medieval war clubs and spiked maces, flails with one, two and even three spiked balls, authentic-looking European halberds and spears, battle war axes, flanged maces and decorative wooden crossbows straight from Italy! Our armor collection everything for all the armor collectors, as it includes Roman, Greek and Medieval armor. The Roman armor covers lorica segmentatas, steel and brass muscle breastplates. The Greek armor collection covers Corinthian brass breastplates and backplate sets. The medieval armor collection is the most extensive as it covers full size, aluminum decorative suit of armor displays and steel wearable suits of armor. We also offer gothic half-armor sets, fantasy armor and of course chain maile armor including chainmail coifs and hauberks. The chainmail armor consists of riveted aluminum, butted steel and riveted steel armor. We also offer tough leather archers bracers and wrist guards. The bracers and wrist guards feature leather in black and brown colors that is covered with metal studs made of either steel or brass. The helmets collection covers all kinds of medieval helmets, viking helmets, Roman and Greek helmets with plumes and of course, one of a kind fantasy helmets. The helmet collection includes steel and wooden helmet stands. Our medieval website also includes historical books covering Ancient Greek and Roman times, barbarians, Medieval Times, Renaissance and American Civil War topics. Our giftware collection consists of decorative wall and desk items including medieval knight banners, wall tapestries, knight and samurai figurines and statues, Sterling Silver and lead-free pewter jewelry. Don't forget to check our extensive collection of inexpensive medieval and fantasy pendants. The jewelry collection features Roman, Viking, Scottish and Celtic pendants, brooches, pins, necklaces and bracelets. Our figurine collection also features really giant knight finurines made of resin and a vast collection of peweter made knight statues. Also, we offer an entire collection of dragon figurines. The dragon figurines are made of resin and are painted by hand to the smallest detail.